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Victoria Foster. Victoria

I’m Victoria, a specialist Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I work with young people aged 4-18. Growing up can be so hard and life can throw many challenges at our youngsters. I support young people through issues such as bereavement, family breakdown, abuse, trauma and emotional or behavioural difficulties. Previously a primary school teacher and Special Educational Needs co-ordinator, I have 18 years’ experience in supporting young people and their families.

I provide a non-judgemental space where young people can explore their emotions and express them safely. My practice is rooted in play, art and creativity - all wonderful metaphors through which children can naturally express their inner world. I offer adolescents a wide variety of approaches such as talk therapy, art therapy, imagery and sandtray therapy. By processing their past and present, children can build resilience and hope for a happier future.

The positive relationship I build between myself and my clients is at the very heart of my work - it’s so important that you and your child feel totally comfortable with your therapist. I really look forward to hearing how I can support you.


"Therapy gives a child an opportunity to 'play out' their feelings and problems and to learn about themselves in relation to the therapist" - Ann Cattanach


Children

Play is a child’s most natural form of expression. Play therapy is a wonderful therapeutic approach in which children can safely explore current or past issues with the support of the therapist, developing resilience for the future. It is a child centred approach where the therapist is led by the child in their interests and choices. Specific interventions can be introduced by the therapist to meet individual needs or desired outcomes.

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Our therapy room hosts a purpose designed therapeutic playroom where your child can explore a vast array of exciting play resources. These include sand, small world figures, craft materials, doll’s house, dolls, puppets, cars, lego, games and quiet spaces to explore stories.

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Adolescents

During adolescence transition occurs in many forms: biological, psychological, social and economic to name but a few. It is a hugely exciting time but it can be very daunting too, sometimes leading to feelings of stress, overwhelm, anxiety or depression.

We offer a wide range of approaches effective in supporting adolescents in exploring these changes and their past or current situations. We take the young person’s lead; some young people prefer to use the space to simply talk and some prefer to make use of approaches such as Sandtray Therapy, Art based Therapy, Clay Therapy, Collage and Transactional Analysis.

How it works and what you can expect

The process begins with a free telephone call to discuss your child's need. An assessment session (this is charged at half price) is then booked to share information about the child or young person. This is either with the parents / guardians alone or with the child / young person present. A contract can then be established for a block of sessions (please note, the minimum number of sessions is 6). Sessions are 45 / 50 minutes (dependent on age) and take place weekly at the same time in the therapy room. Towards the end of a block, a review will take place to decide whether another block is needed or whether therapy will begin to draw to an ending.


Contact Victoria:
Phone: 07880 349607
Email: [email protected]

Qualifications:
2002 - Degree / Diploma: The University of Nottigham Trent - BA Honours Primary Edication
2019 - Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Years in Practice:
5 Years

Membership:
BACP - Registered Member
Northern Guild - Member

Training:
2015-2018 - Northern Guild - Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling
2016-17 - Northern Guild - Legal, Ethical & Safeguarding, Imagery, Sandtray, Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Story & Metaphor
2020 - Designated Lead Safeguarding Level 3

Finances:
Cost per Session: £45+

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